Tom Girardi, ex-husband of Erika Jayne, withdrew his law degree after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s


In November 2020, fans were stunned as Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi announced their divorce.

Fans have speculated a lot about the causes, citing everything from cheating to a clever financial scheme.

This week, fans of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills got answers many never imagined.

As of yesterday, Tom lost his license to practice law… after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

We Weekly reports that on Wednesday, March 10, an affidavit written by clinical psychiatrist Dr. Nathan Lavid was filed.

In it, Dr. Lavid testified that the 81-year-old suffered from delusions and “moderate” disorders.

Erika Jayne at the Season 10 Reunion Special

According to the affidavit, Tom is unable to attend court hearings on any matter and will remain so “for the foreseeable future”.

“Dementia impairs one’s ability to understand hearing,” Dr. Lavid wrote.

“His emotional distress is directly related to his dementia,” the affidavit continues.

“And,” Dr. Lavid warned, “exacerbated by his confusion.”

Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi together

This news follows another revelation earlier this week regarding Tom’s law license.

The California State Bar said Tom was “not eligible to practice law.”

If you know how difficult it is to have someone’s license revoked, you know how important it is.

Erika Jayne, veiled and disapproving

Now, it seems clear that Tom’s lack of eligibility is due to his reduced mental capacity.

It takes more than just obvious public signs of cognitive struggles to lose a license of law.

(This topic was widely explored late last year as many members of the public wondered how Rudy Giuliani was still licensed to practice)

Erika Jayne and Tom GirardiPhoto

Tom Girardi has previously claimed in court that he was broke, saying he had “no money left”.

He is currently being sued by partners Robert Keese, Robert Finnerty and Jill O’Callahan.

Their company, Girardi Keese, also reportedly owes Wells Fargo $882,000.

Erika Jayne explains the problem

In December 2020, a judge froze Tom’s assets. (If you know how hard it is to get a judge to do that, then you know how dire things must be.)

Tom’s brother, Robert Girardi, was appointed as its temporary curator.

“There was an urgent need for Bob Girardi to be given the authority to engage counsel in the bankruptcy proceedings on behalf of his brother,” Tom’s attorney explained in February.

Erika Jayne drinks while tense

Robert claimed in court that Tom’s current cognitive difficulties prevented him from managing his own case.

He claimed Tom was ‘unable to realize and understand the repercussions of the pending bankruptcy filings against him and the debtor’.

Robert prepares to pursue permanent guardianship over his brother’s estate, personal affairs, health, and even day-to-day activities.

Erika Jayne makes her point

With guardianships being a hot topic among disability rights advocates and the #FreeBritney movement, it’s a now familiar topic.

There have been a number of calls for the laws on the matter to change to guard against abuse.

However, many have noted that some people need help managing their lives… and Tom may be one of them.

Erika Jayne enjoys a tasty drink

Real Housewives star Erika, 49, has not publicly commented on Tom’s alleged health issues.

(She accused Tom of cheating on her…it’s unclear how these reports might change her views.)

All of this and more is expected to be hinted at in season 11 of RHOBHwhich is of course spinning.

Erika Jayne goes into detail

It’s a really tough thing for anyone to go through, and it’s a naturally sensitive topic for Erika, with or without the divorce.

She has to weigh how many things to discuss in public…but this publicized news may give her permission to talk about it on camera.

Of course, given her job, she might not have much choice.

Erika Girardi for Bravo

If she doesn’t bring it up herself, we all know her fellow Bravo cast members will be asking her questions until she does.

Or just talk about it behind his back.

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